Bus driver Jan Weaver has taken Betfred boss Fred Done for a ride!

She lost a tenner to us on the Grand National… but still proved herself a winner in the end.

Grandmother Jan, 52, picked four horses for the big race and they all struggled, with two of them failing to finishing.

But 24 hours later she was all smiles after winning a brand new £53,000 Land Rover Evoque as part of a Betfred promotion!

Jan, a long-serving driver for Stagecoach from north Manchester, only ever bets on the world famous race at Aintree – and with Betfred shops closed during lockdown she opted to wager £10 online on Anibale Fly, Milan Native, Jett and Shattered Love.

Anibale Fly and Milan Native were pulled up before the finish, while Shattered Love was 10th. Jett finished in eighth place, but sadly for Jan she had it to win rather than each-way!

But that didn’t matter in the end, as 24 hours later – and unknown to her – she spectacularly beat the odds as part of a Betfred promotion.

All the 50,000 Betfred customers who bet on the race on the Thursday and Friday before the off were entered in a draw, with Jan winning herself the top of the range car.

“I’ll be like the lady of the manor driving a car like that, a real VIP,” said Jan, who currently drives a Toyota Aygo having had her previous Ford Fiesta stolen from outside her home last year.

“I have been working right through lockdown so it has come at a nice time. It’s been hard work doing 200 miles or so a week on the buses.

“I have been having a little bet on the National every year and never won very much at all. I had only been a Betfred customer a few days and I’ve got myself a brilliant new car!”

She added: “I don’t drink and you can’t get out much at the moment so I haven’t had the chance to celebrate yet. In fact, it’s taking time for what’s happened to sink in.”

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Next time I’m over in that part of Manchester year I will certainly be flagging her down for a free ride… be it on the bus or in her smart new car!

“I will be able to recognise her because she’ll no doubt be still laughing at me giving big prizes for losing bets.

“Congratulations Jan, a lucky lady who I hope will stick with us at Betfred.”

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